Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 7, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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500Wintry mix may be headed to the area
By KAREN DAILY
Weather forecasters are warning residents throughout the Midlands of a possible wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow later in the weekend that could make for hazardous travel.
The mix may move
into the area late Sunday and continue throughout the day Monday and into Monday evening, said Dan Miller, National Weather Service meteorologist.
A warning or advisory for any such weather will be issued 24 hours in advance.
“Right now we are giv
ing people information of a possible event but also saying we have limited confidence this far out," he explained.
Forecasters are monitoring several computer models.
An influx of cold air may mix with moisture moving in off the Gulf of Mexico to
create rain, snow, sleet or even freezing rain, he said.
Lows Sunday night and early Monday are expected to drop below freezing and stay in the upper 20s, Miller said.
Expect a high of 54 today with a an overnight low around 30, he said.
On Saturday, highs will
not likely climb out of the upper 40s, Miller said. Expect a low of 24. Both Friday and Saturday may he windy. The chance of precipitation is slight.
Forecasters predict that on Sunday, skies will be overcast, with a high of 41 and a low of 28.
Precipitation will move in
On Monday, expect a high of 36 and a low of 29 degrees.
Forecasters ask residents to pay attention to alerts and adv isories this weekend and adjust travel as needed.
Contact Karen Daily at kJailyia aikenstandard. comNuclear group will seek input of public today
By KAREN DAILY
Over the years, Aiken Public Safety officers have relied on many alert motorists who follow their instincts and call police when they see a reckless driver swerv mg all over the roadway.
Callers may even save a
As cell phones have become widespread, the number of callers has increased, which local and state patrol officers said is a good thing.
But motorists should never put themselves in danger or break the law to keep up with the reckless driver.
C allers are encouraged to get a vehicle description, license plate number and direction of travel, said Lance Cpl. Judd Jones with the S.C. Highway Patrol.
“If you can follow safely that is fine, but you should not exceed the speed limit or put yourself in harm’s way," the trooper said.
Callers traveling on the interstate and state roadways outside municipal limits can call MIF (*47) or 911.
Aiken Public Safety Capt. Wendell Hall said 911 calls should go to the right
Roosevelt Council Jr.,
Marion D. Jones,
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Call 911 or 'HP (*47)
Describe the vehicle
Get the license plate number
Note the direction til travel
Officials suggest using caution if following a reckless driver
agency, but, if they don’t, dispatchers will forward the call to the correct agency.
“If you have someone endangering the public safety, 911 is certainly appropriate," Hall said. "Our first concern when we have a citizen involved in a police action is safety. We don’t want them to do anything to jeopardize safety or make matters worse, such as turning around on a car and causing an accident."
I.aw enforcement will
send a car to intercept the motorist, hut the dispatcher may ask the caller to stay on the phone to prov ide details.
The more information you can prov ide us the better,” Hall said. “A tag number is great; at least that way we can find out who the car belongs to."
Law enforcement can fol
low up with the vehicle’s owner at a later date if necessary, he said.
Nev cr approach the other driver, block the v chicle or make contact w uh the motorist in any way, police want.
“This is not the lime for TV maneuvers," Hall said.
Contac t Karen Daily at kdaihia atiutn&Luuluni. coni
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
Local elected officials and state representatives from South Carolina and Georgia, members of em ironmcntal groups, nuclear industry experts and the general public will contribute to the discussion in Augusta today about the future of America’s spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste.
The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, a presidentially appointed group charged with the responsibility of conducting a review of policies for managing the hack end of the nuclear fuel cycle, will hear comments and suggestions from stakeholder groups at the Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites from 8 a.m. to about 4 p m.
Hie meeting comes one day alter members of the commission loured the Sav annah River Site. After the tour, commission co-chair Brent Scow croft, a former national security adv iser to presidents Gerald Ford and George H W. Bush, sliared some thoughts on the commission’s task at a Thursday evening press conference.
•‘We decided to visit Savannah River because we believe we must hear from communities with a substantial interest in solving the waste problem," said Scoweroft
Many of today’s speakers are expected to address the I commission in opposition ofWant to go?
► What? Blue Ribbon Commission public meeting
► When? Today from 8 a m. to 4 p.m.
► Where? Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites, 2 10th St., Augusta
► Cost: Free
* Registration for those interested in speaking at the meeting will be from 8 a m. to 1 p.m. at the Marriott
the (>bama administration’s decision lo halt eflorts toward a nuclear waste repository in Nevada. However, Scoweroft said thai the Yucca Mountain repository is not on the commission’s agenda.
"We are not a sitting commission. We are looking at how to deal w uh the problem," he said, adding that Yucca Mountain is a valuable learning tool as far ax lessons that can be learned from past mistakes.”
Scow crof t said he and the other commissioners have not “taken huge steps toward solving the problem" but that subcommittees are developing an approach.
Public comments at today’s meeting will begin at 2:50 p.m. and will last for about an hour.
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Verizon reveals first ‘4G’ wireless tablet, phone
By PETER SVENSSON
LAS VEGAS — This year, the big national wireless carriers will be racing to stake their claims in the new frontier of service: ultra-fast data access - for smart phones and laptops as well as for gadgets like tablets.
'Hie companies are boosting their w ireless data speeds and revving up the marketing hype. They’re moving away from talking about call quality and coverage, and focusing on data speeds: megabits in place of minutes. For consumers, there are benefits in the form of faster serv ice and cooler gadgets. Yet some of the marketing campaigns seem designed to confuse consumers about the gadgets’ speed.
At the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Veri/on Wireless revealed the IO
gadgets with built-in access to its new high-speed wireless data network, including smart phones, tablet and laptops. Some are to launch as early as March.
Along w uh Sprint Nextcl Corp.’s subsidiary Clear-wire Corp., Venzon is at the forefront of the move to a new network technology, designed to relay data rather than calli. Verizon’s fourth-generation, or "4G” network, went live for laptop modems in last month.
Ute new wireless network is the nation’s fastest. Verizon is hoping to cash in on that advantage by selling tablets and smart phones that devour data.
One of the dev ices. Motorola Mobility Inc.’s Xix)rn tablet, will come with a 10.1-inch screen and two cameras: one for video chatting, the other for higjh* definition videos. The Xoom will begin selling by March.
Attendees at the Consumer Electronics Show listen to a Motorola representative talk about the new Motorola Xoom tablet.
Initially, it will work with
Verizon’s 3G network but will be upgradable to work on the speedier 4G network. Motorola’s Droid Bionic
smart phone will also have two cameras, to help with videoconferencing, a data-hungry task. It will be one of the first phones with a
so-called "dual-core processor" that will roughly double its computing capacity. That should help w ith v ideo processing.
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